What Are the Best Movies for Moms?

10 Great Films for Mothers to Watch

What mom can't use a little R&R time spent in front of the TV watching a movie? If you're ready to forget the world and just relax, you should check out this sampling of movies for or about moms. Some are romantic and others are laugh-out-loud funny, but they're all movies that mothers will undoubtedly enjoy.

Mother is an incredibly funny movie that practically everyone can relate to -- especially mothers! Debbie Reynolds stars as Albert Brooks' overbearing mother, a woman who buys massive quantities of cheese, and believes that the layer of ice that crusts over on top of frozen sherbet enhances its taste. Brooks is a novelist with writer's block who returns home to work out his issues with his mom after coming to the realization that all of his romantic failures can be traced back to that pivotal relationship.

Written by the legendary Neil Simon, The Goodbye Girl stars Marsha Mason stars as a single parent doing her best to make it on her own. She has a lousy track record when it comes to selecting boyfriends until she meets an actor (played by Richard Dreyfuss) who turns out to be Mr. Right.

"You had me at hello..." Renee Zellweger plays Dorothy, a young woman struggling to raise her son (Jonathan Lipnicki) while working as an assistant to sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) in this 1996 romantic comedy/drama. When their working relationship turns into something more intimate, the single mom has to make difficult choices based on what's best for her only child.

Kathleen Turner stars as Peggy Sue, a married woman with two grown children who's given the unique opportunity to travel back in time to high school and change the course of her life. Nicolas Cage, using a truly bizarre voice, plays her husband, who is an aspiring rock and roll singer. Then-unknown Jim Carrey plays one of Cage's best friends.

40 Year-Old Virgin
Universal Pictures

Although this movie is all about a 40 year old guy (played by Steve Carell) who hasn't ever had sex, there's a sweet love story in here that's surprisingly touching for an R-rated comedy. Catherine Keener co-stars as the mom who finds love with the very shy, very polite, and very much a virgin, electronics salesman. More »

Dear Frankie
Miramax

If you're not a Gerard Butler fan before watching Dear Frankie, you're going to be converted after one screening of this independent film. Emily Mortimer plays Lizzie, the divorced mother of Frankie, a deaf 9 year old who thinks his dad's just away on a boat doing his job. Frankie's mom writes him letters pretending to be his father, but that imaginative scheme hits a snag when the boat her ex is working on in her letters is actually due to make port nearby. Lizzie hires a stranger (Butler) to masquerade as her ex for a few days, but complications arise when Lizzie and this handsome man hit it off. More »

Knocked Up
Universal Pictures

Okay, so it wasn't love that got wannabe TV personality Allison (Katherine Heigl) and slacker Ben (Seth Rogen) together, but rather alcohol-induced lust. Still, Knocked Up is a love story at heart -- albeit one that approaches the romance from a very unorthodox angle. More »

This critically acclaimed film is about a single mother doing her best to raise her 8-year old son while taking care of her wayward brother. You Can Count On Me won Best Picture and Best Screenplay at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, as well as the Best Actress Oscar for star Laura Linney.

Also referred to as the "Wal-Mart Baby Movie," this film tells the story of a 17-year old girl who gives birth to a baby while hiding out in a Wal-Mart store. Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman are wonderful as the two mothers who work hard at raising their children in loving homes while searching for lasting relationships.

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Heartbreakers (2001)

Heartbreakers
MGM

This twisted romantic comedy stars Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt as a mother-daughter con team looking for a quick buck and trying to avoid romance. Filled with laughs and a dash of love.

Edited by Christopher McKittrick